Set on a platform of pop melodies and lyrics, ABYRNISON creates moody atmospheric landscapes. ABYRNISON consistently shifts between electronic and alt-rock. On their five track EP, The Ship, they meld these genres seamlessly to create a cohesive sound. ABYRNISON’s electronic/alt sound correlates with the recent trend in music that combines these genres. ABYRNISON in particular could be described as a mix between Death Cab for Cutie and Air, with a little added tension and angst.
ABYRNISON currently works out of L.A., but originally hails from Bogota, Colombia where they have played extensively. Recording and mixing of The Ship took place entirely in a bedroom, although this origin goes remarkably unnoticed. The EP was mastered at Toho Sound, Brasil.
Lyrically, The Ship remains in relatively neutral, pop territory. A ABYRNISON sings of universal questions surrounding love, loss and loneliness. We’ve heard it all before but it doesn’t mean it’s not good. They often take the pessimistic road and stick to a darker view of life. They encourage others to do so as well in the song “Hands,” in which they state that “any sane human being should wake up to the feeling of despair and emptiness.” Despite this dark tone, the melodies and instrumentals bounce between lighthearted and etherial. This contrast between light and dark reminds one of the Smiths and Passion Pit.
Small, surprising moments bring this album to life; a wavering synthesizer, a beautiful harmony, an abrupt stop. These little surprises hint at an obsessive manipulation of sound that results in the desired mood and feel of the EP. Every track brings something new and radically different musically, yet the EP remains fluid. At times, when ABYRNISON strips their sound down to one or two instruments, they lose some of their power, and instead sound thin.
On The Ship, ABYRNISON creates beautiful, emotionally stirring environments of sound that through their lyrics and melodies find their way into the realm of pop and alternative rock, despite their electronic core.
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